UPDATE | Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane on a training mission crashed today along a road near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said.

Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the road. Firefighters later put out the blaze.

Capt. Jeff Bezore, a spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Air Wing, said the crash killed at least five people. He said he couldn't say how many people in total were on the plane when it crashed about 11:30 a.m.

The Air Force said the plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico National Guard Spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen told The Associated Press all those aboard were Puerto Ricans who had recently left the U.S. territory for a mission on the U.S. mainland.

He said initial information indicated there were five to nine people aboard the plane, which was heading to Arizona. He did not have details on the mission.

"We are saddened by the plane accident that occurred today in Georgia," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a tweet. "Our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew."

A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke as an ambulance stood nearby.

The only part of the plane that remained intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, the assistant public information officer with the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association. The tail section was sitting on Highway 21 and the ground in front of it was black and littered with debris, he said.

12:49 p.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Air Force says an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah.

In a tweet, the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency says the plane crashed today at the intersection of two roads.

The Savannah Morning News reports the plane was from the Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing. It crashed about 11:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke along the side of a road as an ambulance stands nearby.

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